Home
Search transcripts:    Advanced Search
Notable New     Yorkers
Select     Notable New Yorker
Mary LaskerMary Lasker
Photo Gallery
Transcript

Part:         Session:         Page of 999

problems -- the cost of medical care.

Q:

Their bill is in case of a prolonged and very expensive illness.

Lasker:

Yes.

Q:

The federal funds would take over.

Lasker:

Yes. And of course that helps those people who have that illness, but it doesn't prevent anything.

Q:

Are you doing anything actively in this area now?

Lasker:

I'm not trying to -- I don't think it's a strategic moment to try to -- I think anything I do would be a waste, now, at this moment, when you think that if Long's going to act, I can't prevent him, and I don't think that it's the right time to get a better bill than the Mills-Kennedy Bill, though I'm hoping for a better bill than the Mills-Kennedy Bill. So we're sort of becalmed at the moment.

Q:

Is there anything in the area of international exchange of health discoveries and so forth?

Lasker:

Well, the French have made some discoveries, of Mathe in France, has made a discovery that BCG plus drugs give a better result than drugs without BCG in some, in a group of patients with lymphatic leukemia. And another French doctor, Israel, has shown that C-Partum another immunne-therapeutic agent, immuno-stimulant, is an important help in the melanomas and some other kinds of cancer. But none of them have big series, and nobody has announced big confirmations of



© 2006 Columbia University Libraries | Oral History Research Office | Rights and Permissions | Help